Bumula MP Mwambu Mabonga has said that no political leader across the Western region is willing to support Raila Odinga’s quest for the presidency in the 2022 General Election.
Speaking in Mayanja Primary School on Wednesday, July 14, Mwambu said that the popularity of Raila Odinga’s party ODM in the western region has declined in the recent past especially after the vote-rich region supported Raila twice only for him to lose.
“No politicians from the Western region is willing to support Raila Odinga again as the region has not benefited from him since they started supporting him,” he said.
The Tanga Tanga allied MP further criticized President Uhuru’s efforts to unite the National Super Alliance top dogs ahead of the 2022 General Election.
The Bumula MP further read malice in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s efforts to unite NASA’s principals which brings together Raila Odinga (ODM), Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), and Musalia Mudavadi (ANC).
“Honestly, if you knew they were important people, why didn’t you unite them in 2013 so that they could help you win the polls fairly?” he posed.
This comes at a time when the coalition appears to be technically dead after differing over the sharing of the political party’s funds as well as Raila’s promise to support Kalonzo Musyoka for the presidency in 2022.
Musalia Mudavadi and Kalonzo Musyoka have maintained that they will not work with Raila Odinga again despite calls to NASA co-principals to unite and field one presidential candidate.
They claim the former Prime Minister duped them to support him in 2017 on grounds that he will support one of them come 2022, a move they say Raila Odinga is technically trying to avoid.
Although he has not publicly declared that he will be on the ballot for the top seat in the 2022 General Election, the recent remarks by the ODM leader are a clear hint that he will run for the presidency.
“I do not want president Uhuru’s endorsement, what I want is his vote. I will ask for his vote,” the former Lang’ata MP said.